Hi everyone, please welcome author Neelam Saxena Chandra at my blog today. She is here to share her thoughts about a question I put to her about reading and her writing. here’s my question and the following is her reply.
What is your favorite genre to read and how it reflects in your writing.
I suppose I don’t really have one particular choice of genre in reading. At different times, I am seen reading different things. When I am travelling I prefer lighter reading such as romance or mysteries (I have finished reading almost all of Agatha Christie in trains. I still remember the moment when I got so engrossed in reading one of the mysteries, that I was about to miss a flight – I was the last one to board despite checking in almost two hours before departure). However, when I am reading leisurely, I love to read something more intelligent – it could be anything ranging from spiritual to a crime thriller or even a story based on social conditions in a particular state of time and region or even a science fiction. I don’t even mind reading Amar Chitra Katha or Chacha Chowdhary. A good set of poems fascinates me. I still love reading the classics. The book I am reading when I have ample time for myself should basically be a book which enriches me after I finish it. (My favorite author is Erich Segal).
To think of it, my reading habits get reflected in my writing too. I haven’t yet stuck to one genre. I write different things at different times depending upon my state of mind – poetry, children’s stories, short stories and novels. In stories and novels, I have tried various genres such as romance, horror, supernatural, etc. If there is something common in my stories, it is love and affection.
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Awarded by eminent poet/lyricist Gulzarji in a Poetry Contest organized by American Society on the topic ‘Poetry for Social Change’.
Received the Rabindranath Tagore International poetry award -2014
Awarded PremchandPuraskar by Ministry of Railways (II prize)
Awarded by Children Book Trust, India in 2009.
Neelam also debuted as a lyricist in Shankar Tucker’s composition ‘Mere Sajan sun sun’ and the song has won the ‘Popular Choice’ award in Folk Fusion category in Radio City Freedom Awards.
Neelam is a record holder with Limca Book of records for highest publications in a year in English and Hindi.
Neelam and her daughter hold record for being the first mother-daughter duo to write a poetry book for the book ‘Winter Shall Fade’ in Limca Book of Records, Miracle World Records and India Book of records.
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